Our Mission

Dr. Danielle Dick, founder and director of COBE

A message from the founding director, Dr. Danielle Dick:

The College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE) grew out of the Spit for Science study, a university wide research project focused on substance use and emotional health outcomes in college populations.

At VCU we are fortunate to have tremendous faculty expertise in factors that contribute to substance use and mental health challenges, as well as the promotion of well-being. Spit for Science created a collaborative opportunity for researchers to bring that expertise home to VCU in a way that could engage our students in the research process, raise awareness about substance use and mental health challenges among young people and use this research to benefit our community.

COBE’s mission is to promote behavioral and emotional health among young people through the integration of research with coursework, programming, and policy.

Our goals are to:

On the COBE website, you will find information about how to get involved in the research, enroll in COBE coursework or participate in COBE activities. We have also created a number of resources available through the website from blogs to podcasts, videos and more to help convey the research in ways that we hope you will find user-friendly and engaging. Please feel free to use, share, or distribute any of the materials on our website.

At COBE, we believe that it takes all of us – researchers, students, parents and community members – to combat substance use and emotional health challenges in young people. We always welcome ideas for new partnerships to grow research, education and outreach related to behavioral and emotional health.